Portuguese India: The Orphans of the King

The fall of the Indo-Greek kingdoms in the first century did not end Europe’s relationship or fascination with India. Mediterranean merchants continued to trade in Indian wares and swap stories of the Subcontinent’s fabulous wealth. This trade, however, was largely indirect. First the Romans, then the Byzantines, then the Venetians made fortunes on the India trade by the proxy of Arab and other merchants who plied the Indian Ocean and brought its treasures into the ports of the Red Sea, such as Jeddah. India itself, though suffering from many other waves of invaders, remained free for many centuries of direct European governance. [Read more…]

Fort Kochi-Travel to another era

Kochi or Ernakulam, as it was called a few years back, has been known to the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese and Jews since ancient times. This tiny fishing hamlet that became famous after Vasco da Gama discovered the Spice Route, emerged out of its obscurity to become the center of the Indian Spice trade. [Read more…]